Go forth and read! That’s the message from Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell to Hampshire schoolchildren

Hundreds of Hampshire children have been inspired to have fun reading, writing and drawing after meeting current Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell

Mar 22 2017

Chris Riddell

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Andrew Gibson, said: “Our thanks go to Chris Riddell for sharing his talent and passion for writing and illustrating. The Meet the Author series has been running for the last five years and importantly, allows children to see their favourite writers up close, and ask them questions in a friendly and interactive environment outside of the classroom.”

Chris Riddell visited Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford, as part of Hampshire County Council’s School Library Service’s Meet the Author series, which gives children the chance to meet some of the very best and most popular childrens’ and Young Adult writers. 

More than 300 pupils from 13 Hampshire schools watched him draw his famous doodles and speak about his popular books from the Goth Girl series and Ottoline series. 

During the visit, Chris presented the winner of School Library Service’s Design a Bookmark competition, themed as ‘Stay Calm and Read a Book’ in a doodle format. Copies of the winning entry by Simone Taylor from Gosport’s Haselworth Primary School were printed on a bookmark with a drawing from Chris Riddell on the back, and given to all the pupils. Simone was also presented with a selection of books by Chris for Hasleworth Primary School library. 

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.